• Mariann Regan

    I’m so glad you finally found Lewis (Louis) in 1910, and I think it’s so cool that this family were living in Houston’s historic Freedmen’s Town that dates from 1866, right after the war. That’s such a hopeful concept, that a community would just spring up right there instead of undergoing a diaspora. (Someone just gave me the book “The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration.”)

    I can so relate to the variations in spelling of first and last names . . . between the person listed, the census taker, and the indexer, letters get garbeled like it’s a game of “Telephone” at a party.

    One thing really stood out to me: Your mother just happened to take as her middle name the name of her grandfather (well, sort of, who was missing in action when she was born? What a coincidence.

    I hope you can find what happened to him. I wonder if he stayed in Texas or went to another state? Your research is so painstaking and impressive.

    • @6b0c520a79b761cad1ebd94cc1e36588:disqus, thank you so much for following along on my Mystery Monday journey for my great-grandfather, Lewis Chappel. I was worried that I wasn’t going to find them in the census at first, but I finally found them!

      I must admit that I was pleasantly surprise to learn that they played a role in the development of one of Houston’s oldest Black communities — Freedman’s Town. Despite all of the gentrification that has taken place in that community over the years, I’m still happy to see local efforts being made to not only restore the area, but its vast black history too!

      Thanks for pointing out that connection between my mom’s middle name and this great-grandfather I want very much to know more about. So stay tuned, as I work hard to find answers to all of my questions about Lewis!

  • shelley@minkyadoo

    Your mothers, grandfather occupation as Pipefitter is a clue
    to go after let me explain. When Hess Oil was on St. Croix many
    pipefitters would come in from various states, and many of them worked from
    state to state, never any one place and was rarely with their family. Therefore, they would miss out on the
    census. Perhaps there was recruitment
    for pipefitters to work outside of that community/state that he might have enlisted. Maybe the local newspapers might have

    Your work on this research is beautifully outlined I look
    forward to being on this exciting journey cheering you all the way.

    • Shelleye sis, THANK YOU so much for that awesome information and excellent tip! My great-grandfather’s occupation was not an area that I focused a lot on, but what you’ve just shared let’s me know that I better add that to my research checklist in the weeks and months ahead. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

      I’m delighted to have you on this journey because I will certainly need those cheers for I have a feeling this ancestor hunt is going to be a doosy — LOL!

      Blogging about my research process this way is definitely a “first” for me (one of my 3 words for 2013)! But it also allows me to literally “think out-loud” and really think about the information and facts before me . . . not to mention that it also allows me to receive valuable feedback, suggestions, and help from the genealogy community as a whole.

      Thanks so much for being here!!!!

      • shelley@minkyadoo

        you are very welcome

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